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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 03:15:14 PM »
Catherine: Water aerobics in a lake, not a pool sounds really fun and refreshing!  Hope you were able to get some rest this afternoon.

Alice: I sure hope you find a way to combat those skunks!  How frustrating and alarming for you!   So exciting that your daughter got to see such amazing wildlife!  That is amazing!

Good to hear from you girls!  Hope to hear from some more of you all!

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 06, 2018, 11:03:45 AM »
Yes, it's raining. Very strange but I checked the weather forecast yesterday and I only saw cloudy and no precipitation. Now we get a full blown rainy day. I'm not complaining but I let my automatic sprinkler work my well for 1 1/2 hours this morning before the rain!

We had repurposed turkey leftovers yesterday for lunch and that was really good. I was able to freeze two small containers for a turkey casserole sometime this fall. Tonight I'm making a big pot of spaghetti. My daughter leaves on Thurs. and she's having two friends over for dinner. I figure it is her home too while she is home for the summer so having her friends over is nice for us. I get to cook a meal and we always have a lot of fun with her friends. Often, we just sit and laugh the whole evening.

My youngest daughter had her birthday in Connecticut yesterday and her boyfriend was there. He took her whale watching. The guy who did the tour said that they only see whales about 40% of the time but they were giving a show yesterday, much to their delight. They also saw dolphins that only show up 10% of the time so that was also a highlight. She said she would send pictures later since I don't do FB. She is now on the last 2 weeks of her internship and then she's moving to Ohio the same week that she comes home from CT. Then there were 3.

WE still have our skunk problem but now there is a family with young ones. Those young ones do as much damage and the parents. Digging all over the yard. One night last week I woke up and because it was cool outside our windows were open. I saw my cats on the bay window seat looking outside and right underneath the bay window walks a skunk. I prayed my cats wouldn't growl or hiss or make any noise at all. I also didn't dare slam the windows shut. It walked over to the neighbors yard. We had to take action. We called a man from church who is an expert in capturing these things so he gave us some hints. We also have groundhogs or something living under a neighbors barn. They dug holes to get underneath. We see them at dusk coming out to walk around.

Well, that is my boring life! I'm OK with that though.


Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 06, 2018, 09:58:16 AM »
Good morning!

Sitting here having "brunch", I guess you'd say--homemade Mushroom Chicken leftovers. I went out early to do water aerobics in Bath Lake in Medicine Park (really a wide spot in a large creek that was turned into a swimming area many years ago). Starting at 9:30 AM you have to pay to swim there, but going early we can swim for free, and my 80 YO hiking/biking friend has been teaching them on Mondays there for us. She used to teach them at the local university (as well as regular aerobics, hiking, etc...).

I hurried home to shower and change and get the girls to their check-in at the high school which was ending at 11:15, only to find out as I got into the shower that the crew working on the road on that corner hit a gas line so the building had to be evacuated. So now check-in is postponed till 1:30.

I have a load of towels washing and the dishwasher running. Need to figure out what is for dinner and if I need to thaw something. Might take a little nap as I didn't sleep well last night.

Have a good Monday!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 08:22:00 AM »
Good Monday Morning!

We are finally getting some rain.  It has been so hot and dry for so long here.  Rain is welcome!

Other than, I need to go get groceries, and I hate to in the rain, but we need so much that I have no choice today.

I am going to menu plan before I go, so I need to get to that right away.

I have laundry going, and want to make sure I get that all wrapped up by the time I need to work on dinner.

We were up north again Saturday/Sunday.  Saw a great concert and had so much fun with friends. It was a 4+ hour drive one way, so lots of time on the road!  I am happy to have a much slower week ahead.  The really only major plans we have this week, is to go to our son's baseball game on Thursday night.  He is set to move to Ohio in 12 days.  We will go down to make sure he is settled around the 28th, and to bring down any things he still needs from home.  After that, we probably won't see him until Christmas.   :(

Hope all of you are having a great day, and had a fun or restful weekend (whichever you prefer!)
Alice, glad you enjoyed your turkey!  Maybe you should do BBQ or something for Thanksgiving!   :D  We usually do turkey several times a year, but we love turkey, so that probably makes a big difference for us.

I agree with summer going too fast.  I have heard a lot of people saying "I can't wait for fall", and I am like "NOOOOO!!  Too Soon!  Too Soon!"  Summer has seemed so so short!  I welcome the cooler temps, and even a more "scheduled" way of life I guess, but soon after that beautiful weather comes the nastiness that we call winter!  (Not a fan!)

Talk to you all soon!  Hope to hear about what you are up to!

Managing a Household / Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 08:10:12 AM »
Hello Friends!

 :) ;D 8) ;D :)
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 04, 2018, 04:38:00 PM »
It's Saturday...completely didn't even check out the forum yesterday.

Pam, I made the turkey and it was delicious! Having a turkey in August sounds strange but it made having turkey taste wonderful! I might actually do this again. Too much turkey from November through January just isn't my thing but it sure was good in August.

The weather is just too warm out for me this afternoon. So we did our errands this morning and I needed to work through some veggies this afternoon. We bought some green beans that I froze, some corn that I froze and a neighbor gave me a white and red cabbage that I froze. We bought some discounted specialty bread at Horrock's that I sliced and froze and that was pretty much my day.  Oh, and we went to an estate sale and bought a lazy boy chair for our living room. The prices on all their stuff was way to low but we bought some stuff anyway. So sad that all that beautiful furniture wasn't wanted by a family member.

The work week was good but long after having been on vacation for the six work days previously. Daughter is doing well and it's her birthday tomorrow. Her boyfriend will be with her this weekend and then in two weeks she will be home already. Oldest daughter leaves this coming Thursday morning (very early in the morning). I think she had a good summer. All these changes mean that summer is coming to an end. I wish it could be summer for a lot longer.

Managing a Household / Re: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 03, 2018, 06:44:58 PM »
Good evening!

Hi Pam. Good to hear from you, but so sorry to hear about the shingles. It's been several years since I had them but it wasn't fun. Hope your back is feeling better. Kayaking was fun, as usual. Hoping to go again maybe next Friday. Around here, we have to plan trips around the wind speeds. Some of the lakes get huge waves even with winds of 9-11 mph, just depending on where they are situated and how the mountains protect them. And we often have higher wind speeds than that.

Got up a little before 5 to leave the house at 5:30 AM this morning so as to start hiking by 6:30 AM, both to beat the worst of the heat and because I needed to take Morgan for her middle school check-in which was walk-in between 8 and 11:15 AM. My friend Bonnie and I did around 5 miles, partially on trail and partially off, and saw quite a bit of wildlife including 4 deer, many Longhorn, a possible fox (didn't get a great look), and a feral hog. Pumpkin the cat had her rabies shot this afternoon, so I felt like I have been on the go most of the day. We did homemade pizza for dinner, with mine on a low-carb tortilla. Mallory is at a youth group pool party and Maddy doesn't come home from her camp job until tomorrow, so it's just Earl and me and the three younger kids.

Thinking I am going to go make up some smoothie bags, so as to use up a tub of organic spinach before it goes bad. If I have the spinach, blueberries, banana, and chia seed combined already, it should be super quick and easy to add almond milk and protein powder on school mornings.

Hope you all have a great evening!
Managing a Household / Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 03, 2018, 03:02:13 PM »
Hello Ladies!

I have been MIA for a bit.  Things have been extremely busy, and I have only been opening my laptop a couple times a week. 

My trip with my parents went as well as could be expected.  High anxiety for me, but hubby was awesome at keeping me from totally losing my mind! My mom tended to act as though she was unable to do anything for herself, and needed help with pretty much everything.  It was so interesting, because she hobbled around until she saw us talking to someone she didn't know and she shot across the room like an olympian.  That kind of thing gets on my nerves.

Upon returning, my back was way way out of whack.  I went to the chiropractor for a treatment, and it was quite aggressive to get me back straight.  Great.  The next day I said to hubs "wow. He must have really drove my bra hooks into my back, because that really hurts".  He took a look and said "no, that looks like a rash or something."  Hmmm, interesting.  Jump ahead a couple of days, and we were having our youngest and his gf here to celebrate his bday on the only day he had off.  Busy getting gifts together, blah blah, and all of that stuff.  Finally took another look at the "rash" and to the other spots that had spread around my torso.  Guess what?  It was shingles!  UGH!!  I said to son's gf, "I just hope it isn't shingles".  She is in nursing school, and took a look.  She said "I'm not sure, but it kinda looks like it could be"  Called my dr. & got in the next day.  She said "what brings you in today?"  me: "I'm concerned I might have shingles".  She opened the gown and immediately said "yup. that's what it is". 
She put me on an anti-viral, and it is pretty much gone.  Luckily I feel like I had a pretty mild case, because I could pretty much take care of the pain with tylenol.  Others have told me that their experience was the most pain they had ever had.

Life keeps moving though.  We did cancel some plans we had for that weekend, and I was glad about that.  I was more tired than in pain.  Monday this week we were in the Upper Peninsular for hubs' radio show, and then a concert Monday night.  We then spent the day Tuesday on Mackinac Island.  Also for hubs' radio show, and for his real job.  It was a busy couple of days.  The rest of this week was normal, but tomorrow we are headed back up to the U.P. for another concert.  We saw a billboard for this retro 80's show featuring Belinda Carlisle from the Go-Go's.  On the spur of the moment, we made plans with my HS friend and her husband to go.  I am really excited for a non business trip just for fun!

That is pretty much what I have been up to as of late.  Hoping to get back into a better schedule of checking in with all of you ladies!  Hope everyone is feeling good, and that your weather is pleasant.

Hope your turkey turned out tasty Alice.  How was the kayak trip Catherine?
Will check in soon!
Managing a Household / Thursday, August 2, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 02, 2018, 09:14:43 AM »
Good Morning,

We had a nice evening last night. After dinner last night we took a trip to a bakery to get a few slices of birthday cake. My daughter's friend in Honduras celebrates a birthday today so we had a little party last night to help celebrate. We sent videos and photos.

I pulled that turkey out of the freezer. It wasn't as big as I had thought. I had it in the sink thawing all night and though it is still frozen, I'm going to roast it slowly for a good part of the day today. I don't have room in my fridge (it's almost empty but it is a strange fridge that it really does not have a lot of room). I really need to season it up well to make everyone love it!

Nothing else going on for me.

Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, August 1
« Last post by Alice on August 01, 2018, 12:14:17 PM »
Hi Cheryl,

Happy August!

I hear you about trying to use freezer stuff but yet finding good deals to fill it right back up again. That's totally me! But it would be silly to NOT take the good deals and when you need that exact same product to pay the higher price at a later date?  I do that all the time with meat. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs at a reduced price now instead of full price a couple of weeks from now and I'm going to get it now.

I do have a big turkey in my freezer that I am not looking forward to eating. I just don't like turkey but it is there and it shouldn't wait until Thanksgiving because it has been in there a year and eight months. I think I'll pull it out tonight and roast it this weekend.

My daughter's boyfriend's birthday is tomorrow and the other daughter's birthday is Sunday. Neither one will be in town to celebrate so we'll have to do those by WhatsApp. It is the time in our lives that the kids aren't always home for their birthdays and neither are they home for OUR birthdays.

Tonight we're having a corned beef casserole. We've been eating leftovers the last couple of days and they were delicious. I had a casserole in the freezer that I made last week that we had last night. I call it leftovers but it really wasn't.  My refrigerator is just about empty. We finished off the lettuce and the cheese are about gone too. We do have a lot of fruit but my kids rarely eat that. I'm trying to push that a bit by offering a variety but they don't want it. I love it. I had a cantaloupe, cherries, peaches, plums and blueberries. I have a big bowl for lunch.

I wish I was better at putting a month worth of meals into a meal plan. It is such a long time for me to plan in advance.  I just look into my freezer and pull something out and that's the base for our meal. I am pretty good at coming up with ideas very quickly so maybe that's why too much advance planning doesn't work for me.

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